Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi's Kermit Davis is coach of the year.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt knows the problems new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney can cause an opposing defense since the two men faced off on college football's...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The defense lawyer for a woman convicted of conspiracy in a truck stop rebate scam says she deserves a new trial.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been shot by a Tennessee sheriff's deputy during a confrontation at a gas station.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari would love to have Reid Travis hounding players at Tennessee on Saturday, but he suspects that won't be the case.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate has been denied a new trial in a couple's 2007 killings.
News outlets report 37-year-old Lemaricus Davidson was denied his bid for...
Kentucky, Tennessee meet again in top 10 showdown
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GAME OF THE WEEKEND
No. 4 Kentucky at No. 7 Tennessee: Kentucky (24-4, 13-2 SEC) and Tennessee (25-3...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mariella Fasoula had 19 points and nine rebounds and Vanderbilt won in Knoxville for the first time in program history, beating Tennessee 76-69 on Thursday...
Tennessee sinkhole eats half of road, may cost over $100K
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A sinkhole 30-feet deep and nearly as broad swallowed half a roadway in Knox County, Tennessee, and a county official says repairing it could cost more than...
Gay Methodist on 600-mile prayer journey before LGBTQ vote
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Helen Ryde is a devout, gay United Methodist on a 600-mile personal prayer journey.
Her trip across four states comes days before United Methodists from around the...
Workers sue US immigration authorities over Tennessee raid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Seven Latino workers are suing federal immigration authorities over a raid at an eastern Tennessee meatpacking plant that ended in the arrests of about 100...
4 ex-Pilot Flying J workers get probation in fraud plot
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Four former account representatives from nation's largest fuel retailer will serve probation for their roles in a plot to cheat trucking companies.
Lawmakers once again turn attention to UT’s Sex Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee could do more to address concerns raised by conservative lawmakers surrounding a student-led program known as Sex Week, a new state comptroller...
Tennessee man changed wedding plans to compete on ‘Survivor’
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Much of East Tennessee native Gavin Whitson's life has revolved around the opportunity to compete on "Survivor."
The 23-year-old native of Erwin, Tennessee, has watched the show since its first season and began sending in audition tapes at 18, the minimum age for "Survivor" castaways.
"I would make different email addresses just so I could send in more tapes," said Whitson. "I was doing everything I could."
3-year-old boy is 3rd death in Tenn. hotel pool in 4 years
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a 3-year-old boy found unconscious in a hotel pool has died, the third such death at the pool in the past four years.
Knoxville police say in a Facebook post Raymond Whitlock died at a hospital Sunday. He was found Saturday in the indoor pool at the Quality Inn and Suites West Waterpark.
Congressmen press utility for answers on coal ash cleanup
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee congressmen wrote a letter to the head of the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday, seeking answers to questions about the cleanup of a massive coal ash spill.
No. 1 Tennessee beats Missouri 72-60 for 17th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has matched the longest winning streak of Rick Barnes' 32-year head coaching career.
Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams scored 13 points each as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Missouri 72-60 on Tuesday night to earn their 17th straight victory, extending a school record. Barnes' only other 17-game winning streak came in 2009-10 at Texas.
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Police: Tennessee man threw cigarette trash can at firetruck
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a Tennessee man threw a container for disposing of cigarette butts at a firetruck, disabling the vehicle while it was responding to an emergency call.
Knoxville police say they arrested 42-year-old Jeremy Wynn on Sunday on charges of vandalism, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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Addison Trail 63, Elmhurst Timothy Christian 61
Altamont 55, North Clay 46
Alton 73, Belleville East 51
Athens 84, Hartsburg-Emden 38
Bloomington 70, Decatur MacArthur 51
Bloomington Central Catholic 69, Normal University 61
Man convicted of biting off end of Tennessee officer’s thumb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Bloods gang member who claims to be a "sovereign citizen" has been convicted of biting off the end of a Tennessee police officer's thumb.
On Friday, Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen announced that a jury convicted 30-year-old Alexander Ray Johnson of aggravated assault, punishable by three to six years in prison, and two assault counts.
Gov. Cuomo shrugs off bishops’ calls for his excommunication
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday shrugged off criticism and even calls from Roman Catholic leaders for his excommunication from the church over his support of a new state abortion law.
Saying he is duty-bound to separate his religious views from his work as governor, Cuomo, a Democrat, defended his support for the state's Reproductive Health Act, which he signed last week. The bill mostly codifies abortion rights protected in Roe v. Wade and other federal abortion rulings.
SmarFinancial: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ SmartFinancial Inc. (SMBK) on Wednesday reported net income of $6.4 million in its fourth quarter.
The Knoxville, Tennessee-based bank said it had earnings of 47 cents per share.
The bank holding company posted revenue of $28.5 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $23.1 million, exceeding Street forecasts.
For the year, the company reported profit of $18.1 million, or $1.43 per share. Revenue was reported as $83.2 million.
Sheriff: Police shot man driving toward officers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say police in Tennessee fatally shot a motorist who was driving toward officers.
The Knoxville News Sentinel cited a statement from the Knox County Sheriff's Office that says a Knoxville police officer shot 30-year-old Jason C. Minnick of Clinton in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
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Abingdon 50, Knoxville 43
Aledo (Mercer County) 89, Cambridge-Alwood 80
Algonquin (Jacobs) 64, Crystal Lake Central 57
Altamont 69, Beecher City/Cowden Herrick (BK ONLY) 25
Andrew 72, Stagg 70, 2OT
Argenta-Oreana 51, ALAH 44
Assumption, Davenport, Iowa 59, Rock Island Alleman 44
Athens 58, Midwest Central 45
Aurora (West Aurora) 67, Elgin 39
Aurora Christian 54, IC Catholic 46
Aurora Math-Science 57, Christian Liberty Academy 38
Police: 2 people killed in crash in Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police have identified two men killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Alabama.
News outlets report 33-year-old Wesley Worsham of Knoxville, Tennessee and 29-year-old Demetris Sterling Johnson of Tuscaloosa were killed in the crash.
Restaurateur, mayoral candidate accused of sexual harassment
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee restaurateur and mayoral candidate has been accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit brought by a server at one of his eateries.
News outlets report Knoxville mayoral candidate Mike Chase is the defendant in the lawsuit that Ana Tipton-Budzynski filed Wednesday. Tipton-Budzynski's suit says the 72-year-old made persistent, sexually explicit comments to her as she served him and two of his friends at Copper Cellar West last month.
Tennessee, Wisconsin arrange home-and-home series
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee and Wisconsin have arranged a home-and-home series for the next two seasons.
Wisconsin will face Tennessee at Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena on Dec. 28. Tennessee will face the Badgers at Wisconsin's Kohl Center on Nov. 11, 2020.
The two teams have met just four times before, with the series tied 2-2. Tennessee beat Wisconsin in 1981 and 2000. Wisconsin beat Tennessee on Dec. 29, 2001, and in the 2016 Maui Invitational.
Tennessee man acquitted of murder in fatal 2016 wreck
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been acquitted of second-degree murder in a fatal 2016 wreck.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a Knox County jury on Wednesday instead convicted 27-year-old Ralpheal Cameron Coffey of vehicular homicide.
Tennessee city receives $3.6 million for lead remediation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government has awarded $3.6 million to the Tennessee city of Knoxville to remediate lead in low-income homes.
The city said it is one of 48 municipal recipients of the funding and the only one in the state. It received a similar grant of $2.5 million in 2013.
The city says in a news release it will work with partners to address lead hazards in 160 housing units.
Missouri beats No. 10 Lady Vols 66-64 for fifth straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Missouri's Sophie Cunningham irritated Tennessee's fan base late in the third quarter by elbowing Tennessee's Rennia Davis on her way to the basket.
She gave them even more reason to gripe by the end of the day.
No. 3 Tennessee trounces Georgia 96-50 to open SEC play
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is creating quite a home-court advantage at an arena it had trouble filling in the past.
Jordan Bowden scored 20 points off the bench as the third-ranked Volunteers opened Southeastern Conference competition by trouncing Georgia 96-50 on Saturday for their eighth consecutive overall and 17th straight home win.
Tennessee (12-1, 1-0 SEC) hasn't lost a home game in a full calendar year. The Vols' last home defeat was a 94-84 setback against Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018.
New executive editor named at Knoxville News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new executive editor has been named at the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The newspaper reports Joel Christopher, who is currently executive editor of the Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, will take the helm of the Knoxville News Sentinel in East Tennessee on Feb. 4.
He follows Jack McElroy, who is retiring on Feb. 1 after 17 years as top editor in Knoxville.
Westbrook helps No. 10 Tennessee beat Belmont 84-76
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick wants to see her young team mature into productive college players.
But as she watched Belmont continually drive to the basket and beat the Lady Vols on backdoor cuts, Warlick wanted to put her players in a fundamental time machine.
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Amanda-Clearcreek 73, Nelsonville-York 57
Andrews Osborne Academy 70, Cle. Glenville 58
Ansonia 57, New Madison Tri-Village 53
Apple Creek Waynedale 56, Strasburg-Franklin 54
Ashland 79, Clyde 77
Ashland Crestview 62, Bucyrus Wynford 55
Attica Seneca E. 54, Arcadia 50
Aurora 78, Mayfield 75, OT
Avon 58, Strongsville 53
Baltimore Liberty Union 70, Newark Licking Valley 60
Longtime Mobile Meals volunteer gets car to continue service
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Mobile Meals volunteer in Knoxville got an early Christmas present — a car that will allow him to continue doing the volunteer work he loves.
Jackson helps No. 9 Lady Vols top East Tennessee State 80-61
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Meme Jackson wants to make the most of her final season at Tennessee.
Jackson scored 23 points and shot 7 of 12 from 3-point range and No. 9 Tennessee bounced back from its first loss of the season to beat East Tennessee State 80-61 on Friday night.
Jackson's seven 3-point baskets marked a career high for the senior guard and left her just one shy of the school single-game record shared by Ariel Massengale and Meighan Simmons.
Tennessee police department involved in fatal shooting
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One person is dead after a shooting that involved police in a Tennessee city.
The Knoxville Police Department tweeted on Thursday night that officers were involved in a shooting in Fountain City and the Knox County Sheriff's Office would investigate.
UT adviser who allegedly harassed student put on paid leave
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, academic adviser accused of sexually harassing students at his previous university has been placed on paid administrative leave.
3 more ex-Pilot Flying J officials sentenced in fraud plot
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Three more former executives of the largest U.S. fuel retailer have been sentenced to prison in a plot to cheat trucking companies out of millions of dollars.
TN woman who died in 1975 was likely victim of serial killer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a woman whose body was found along a road in 1975 was likely the victim of a serial killer who may have had 90 victims.
Martha Cunningham's death was considered to be from natural causes at the time. But now Cunningham is one of dozens of murder victims that Samuel Little has described to investigators.
Dumped pets create big problems for Knoxville lake
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Workers in Knoxville have removed three truckloads of invasive weeds from a local lake, including aquarium grasses that officials believe were dumped there by residents.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the city has spent nearly $760,000 cleaning up the one-acre lake in Fountain City Park.
University of Tennessee fraternity under investigation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police at the University of Tennessee are investigating a fraternity after two women reported being drugged and sexually assaulted.
Tennessee electrocutes second inmate in 2 months
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate became the second person to die in the state's electric chair in just over a month Thursday, nearly two decades after Tennessee adopted lethal injection as its preferred method of execution.
David Earl Miller, 61, was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. at a Nashville maximum-security prison.
Miller was convicted of killing 23-year-old Lee Standifer in 1981 in Knoxville and had been on death row for 36 years, the longest of any inmate in Tennessee.
The Latest: Tennessee inmate’s last words barely heard
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on an execution in Tennessee (all times local):
The final words of a man executed in Tennessee almost couldn't be heard.
Sixty-one-year-old David Earl Miller was asked before his execution Thursday night if he had anything to say. When his words couldn't be made out, he was asked again, and his attorney clarified that he was saying, "Beats being on death row."
Haslam appoints 20 members to university advisory boards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed 20 members to the new advisory boards for each of the four campuses within the state's university system.
Haslam appointed the members after the advisory boards were created by Tennessee's General Assembly last session.
Death-row inmate awaits court rulings, clemency decision
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate was waiting Wednesday to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court or the governor would halt his Thursday execution in the electric chair.
David Earl Miller was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville. He has spent 36 years on death row, the longest of any Tennessee inmate.
The Latest: Inmate moved to death watch as execution looms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's scheduled execution of a Tennessee inmate (all times local):
Tennessee inmate David Earl Miller has been moved to the state's death watch ahead of his scheduled execution this week.
The Tennessee Department of Correction says in a statement that the 61-year-old inmate was moved early Tuesday to a cell beside the execution chamber at a Nashville prison. He will be under 24-hour observation ahead of Thursday's execution.
Tennessee state veterinarian tapped for top agriculture post
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has picked the state veterinarian to become his new commissioner of agriculture.
Lee's transition team announced Monday evening that Dr. Charlie Hatcher of College Grove will take the post in the incoming governor's Cabinet.
Hatcher has been the state veterinarian for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture since 2009. He is the general managing partner of Hatcher Family Dairy, established in 1831.